The Alternative Crop Conference featured information on cultural practices for successfully growing guar and guar production economics. Guar processors from Guar Resources presented on guar contracting processes. SBAR students presented their posters on various SBAR topics with the audience.
Information on agronomic optimization of guar was presented and the research results of guar demonstration trial at Tucumcari Agricultural Science Center, Tucumcari, NM were shared with field day participants in August 2020.
Extension Agronomist, John Idowu, provides an overview of guar as a potential alternative crop. A presentation provided at the 2020 Virtual Field Day at the NMSU Rex E. Kirksy Agricultural Science Center, Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Guar can easily be harvested using existing farm equipment. A short video describes how the harvesting process works at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Clovis, NM.
The SBAR Extension Team hosts an annual Guayule Grower Field Day at the Bridgestone Guayule Research Farm to share new scientific finding and discuss the progress Bridgestone and SBAR have made towards commercialization of the desert shrub. All areas of management are discussed and potential growers gain an understanding of what should be expected when commercial acreage production is required.
Due to the COVID pandemic, the SBAR Extension team transitioned the event in 2020 to a virtual platform and hosted over 100 people from 5 states and 2 countries and featured several presentations discussing guayule production. Interesting presentations from University of Arizona Extension Specialists, Bridgestone researchers and SBAR researchers discussing insect pests, agronomic production, weed control and economic outlook for guayule were part of the day.
Extension Weed Specialist, Bill McCloskey, describes weed control challenges and strategies to optimize growth of guayule seedlings in various cropping situations.
Associate Director for Tribal Extension Programs and Agricultural Economics Specialist, Trent Teegerstrom, explains the Enterprise Budgets and Whole Farm Analysis Tools, which allow producers to analyze the financial impact of adopting new crops into their operations.